Recently awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant for 2013, violinist Itamar Zorman is the winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. His previous awards include the First Prize at the 2010 Freiburg International Violin Competition in Germany and the Juilliard Alban Berg Concerto Competition.
Mr. Zorman has performed as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, St. Petersburg Philhramonic, Philharmonie Baden-Baden and the American Symphony, with conductors Valery Gergiev, David Robertson, and James DePreist, and in venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Mr. Zorman was invited to the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. As a chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber project, and a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, which won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the grand prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.
Supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Feher Foundation, Mr. Zorman has studied at the Jerusalem Academy, The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. He recently graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma from Juilliard, where he worked with Sylvia Rosenberg. He is currently studying with Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy and plays on a 1745 Pietro Guarneri violin from the private collection of Yehuda Zisapel.
Canadian violinist, Nikki Chooi has been described as, “a model of taste and tonal refinement” (Boston Globe) and “vigorous and colorful” (New York Times).
As a recent First Prize Winner of the prestigious 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Nikki will be touring New Zealand in association with Chamber Music New Zealand, performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, recording under the Atoll label, and will be presented in Australia's Musica Viva series and Chicago's Harris Theater. He is also a winner of the 2013 Astral Artists International Audition, Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition, and First Prize Winner of the 2009 Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco.
He has performed as soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Toronto, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Highland Park Strings. He has performed in the Vancouver Recital Series, Debut Atlantic Recital Tour, Canadian National Arts Debut Series, Caramoor Rising Stars Series, Dresden Music Festival, Chamber Music Tulsa, and La Monnai "Concertini" in Belgium.
In 2009, Nikki embarked on a European tour with violist, Roberto Diaz and pianist, Robert MacDonald as part of Curtis on Tour. He has performed with members of the: Guarneri String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Vermeer String Quartet, Orion String Quartet, Opus One Piano Quartet, Diaz Trio, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
He has attended the National Arts Centre Young Artist Program, the Juilliard School’s Starling-Delay Symposium, the Morningside Music Bridge, the Orford Academy of the Arts, and the Sarasota Music Festival. He has been an artist at Music from Angel Fire, Music in the Vineyards, the Eine Kleine Summer Chamber Music, the Ravinia Festival as a recipient of the Gene Witz Memorial Scholarship, and the Marlboro Music Festival.
Nikki gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council of the Arts, CBC Radio, the Sylva Gelber Foundation, and the Victoria Foundation. As winner of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition, he was loaned the use of the 1700 "Taft" Stradivari.
Jennifer Stumm — Viola
Violist Jennifer Stumm is internationally recognized as a musical innovator and dynamic advocate for her instrument. Her career was launched after winning three major international competitions: William Primrose, Geneva, and Concert Artists Guild (where she was the first violist ever to win First Prize.) Ms. Stumm was also honored with an award from the Vriendenkrans of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. She now enjoys a busy international career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
Hailed by the Washington Post for the opal-like beauty of her sound, Stumm's recent appearances of note include debuts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, BBC Chamber Proms in 2008 and 2009, the Grachten Festival in Amsterdam, the Kennedy Center (on the Washington Performing Arts Society series), the Ravinia Festival's Rising Stars Series, the New York River to River Festivals Summer Stars as well as multiple appearances at Wigmore Hall, London. She makes further debuts in 2011-12 in San Francisco, Oslo and Brussels, returns to New York, Oxford, Philadelphia and Atlanta and is artist in residence at the Campos de Jordao festival in Brazil. As a concerto soloist, Ms. Stumm has recently appeared with the New Haven Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with Yan-Pascal Tortellier, at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Baroque Orchestra and the Bangor Symphonies.
Ms. Stumm appears on the cover of the January 2011 Symphony magazine. Her debut recording for Naxos Laureate Series was released this year, an album of works by Italian composer/violist Alessandro Rolla (1757-1841), who played a crucial role in the development of the viola as an important concert instrument. She recently embarked on a series of collaborations for the BBC, including Britten's Lachrymae in Scotland and a festival of Russian music at the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle. Previous broadcasts of her performances have been heard on the BBC as well as the Dutch, Irish and German National Radio Networks.
A BBC New Generation Artist and awardee of the Borletti Buitoni Trust, Jennifer was a founding member of the Aronowitz Ensemble. She is a regular participant at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove and regularly performs at prominent festivals such as Marlboro, Verbier, Delft, Spoleto and Aldeburgh. Her collaborative partners have included members of the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri, Vermeer and Alban Berg Quartets and the period ensemble L'Archibudelli.
A native of Atlanta, Jennifer Stumm began viola studies at the age of eight in her schools orchestra program. Her teacher in Atlanta was Marilyn Seelman. Ms. Stumm earned degrees from the Curtis Institute as a student of Karen Tuttle and from the Juilliard School and also pursued interests in astronomy and politics at the University of Pennsylvania. She later studied with Nobuko Imai and the cellist Steven Isserlis. Jennifer is an enthusiastic teacher, devoting time to master classes and educational outreach.
She is currently International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music, London.
Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times, American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician.
Mr. Zalkind was awarded First Prize in the 2012 Washington International Competition, as well as prizes in the Beijing International Cello Competition, Korea’s Isang Yun Gyeongnam International Competition, and the Juilliard School Competition. He also won distinction as the top-ranked American in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
As a soloist, Mr. Zalkind has performed concerti with such organizations as the Moscow Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, the Hongzhou Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Tongyeong International Music Festival Orchestra, and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra in Santa Barbara. As soloist with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra he performed in New York’s Avery Fisher Hall under the baton of Ludovic Morlot. Upcoming concerto appearances include the Shostakovich Concerto at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Rococo Variations with the Utah Symphony.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Zalkind has participated in numerous music festivals, including Marlboro and Ravinia. He has collaborated in chamber music with Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Charles Neidich, Bruno Canino, Scott St. John, Jonathan Biss, and members of the Guarneri String Quartet. In addition, Mr. Zalkind has performed at the Kennedy Center and in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a current member of the internationally acclaimed Harlem String Quartet.
Mr. Zalkind has a strong interest in teaching and outreach, and served as a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In addition, he was assistant faculty for two summers at the Meadowmount School of Music. Mr. Zalkind was awarded a Gluck Community Service Fellowship at The Juilliard School for four years, performing concerts at treatment facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Mr. Zalkind also served as guest professor at Utah State University from September-December, 2012.
A Salt Lake City native, Mr. Zalkind began his studies with Richard Hoyt. He has worked extensively with Pegsoon Whang, Hans Jensen, Ronald Leonard, and Alan Stepansky. Mr. Zalkind was accepted to The Juilliard School with presidential distinction in 2004 as a student of Timothy Eddy. He received his Bachelors Degree from Juilliard in 2008, and his Masters Degree 2010 as the recipient of Juilliard’s Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Rena Robbins Shapiro Memorial Scholarship in Cello. Mr. Zalkind received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in 2013 as a student of Richard Aaron.
Itamar Zorman, Violin | Nikki Chooi, Violin
Jennifer Stumm, Viola | Matthew Zalkind, Cello | Tony Flynt, Bass
Double bassist Tony Flynt enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Tony frequently collaborates with East Coast Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group, Ensemble ACJW, and occasionally joins the American Symphony Orchestra as principal bass.
Tony has been fortunate to perform with members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Takacs, and Vermeer Quartets, in addition to appearances with the Borromeo String Quartet and the Peabody Trio. Festival performances include Marlboro, Tanglewood, Verbier, Yellow Barn, and Kneisel Hall, among others. In 2014 and 2015, Tony will join Musicians from Marlboro for national touring.
An avid supporter of new composers and contemporary works, Tony has worked with Osvaldo Golijov, William Bolcom, Tobias Picker, and Kaija Saariaho. He recently gave the New York premiere of Saariaho's FOLIA for Double Bass and Electronics at Carnegie Hall, joined by Ms. Saariaho on electronics. Next season will include an exciting new premiere by Andy Akiho with Ensemble ACJW, in addition to a new release of Tobias Picker's Nova for String Quintet on Tzadik records.
Tony attended Rice University, graduating cum laude with Bachelor's degrees in Music and Hispanic and Classical Studies. He completed a Professional Studies Certificate at the Colburn School and received a Masters degree, with Honors, from the New England Conservatory. While at NEC, Tony was awarded the prestigious Edward Hyde Cox Presidential Scholarship, the Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, and won the 2011 Vanhal Concerto Competition. As a substitute, Tony has joined the bass sections of the Boston, Houston, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras.
Itamar Zorman, Violin | Nikki Chooi, Violin
Jennifer Stumm, Viola | Matthew Zalkind, Cello | Tony Flynt, Bass